2019-20 Administration Welcome Letter

Welcome to 2019-20!

As we get ready to kick off a new year here are Coronado High School, our focus for a successful 2019-2020 school year is to ensure that:

every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected,

every child, every day is being challenged by new learnings and experiences,

and every child, every day knows they have a champion they can turn to. 


Coronado High School is a small school with the opportunities of a large campus, which we know is why many of you entrust us with the education of your children. Our staff at both the campus and district levels prides itself in ensuring that our students have as many, if not more, educational and extra-curricular opportunities as students in much larger schools throughout the county. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards so that there will be no shortage of opportunities for your student to feel challenged on a daily basis with high quality instruction and have a wide variety of options to get connected to their school and fellow students.  Champions come in all shapes and sizes, and at any point in time. There will be champions by your student every day, with relationships built over time, but some champions just appear when you need them the most. It is our mission to make sure every child knows that when they need a champion, CHS will provide.  Without our community support (CSF, PTO, CorArtsEd, etc.) we would not be able to connect and challenge our students as much. Thank you to the many community organizations (too many to be named here) for being our champions! 

How do you get information (see attachment)?  At the end of the first day of each week CHS will send you ONE email/text with a link to the weekly newsletter.  It is organized in a fashion that the most critical information is at the top and as you scroll down the newsletter the information becomes more oriented toward the future.  This year, CHS will reduce the number of emails you receive and do its best to include all pertinent information in the weekly newsletter.  This is your “one stop shop” to stay informed about the happenings of our community.  The CHS website is a place to go to pull static information, facts about CHS that could be important for a family at any point of the year, for example, elective offerings at CHS, the bell schedule, the school calendar, how to log in to Synergy, etc.  Another way to receive personalized information and be engaged in conversations related to the CHS community is to attend a monthly PTO meeting where special guests will present important information about CHS.  We also hope to provide short video clips of those presentations so that those that can’t make a certain date and time of a meeting can stay informed by watching a short video link.  CHS is a dynamic community; if you want to be involved and don’t know how, ask.  We can connect you to a cause, action or person that will help you, the families of CHS, be connected to our community.  

What is new or on the horizon for the CHS learning community?  This year, all learning environments will have the same school-wide cell phone structure (policy).  As students enter the classroom they will have an assigned cell phone slot to place their phone.  Why is this practice being implemented?  We have very little time with our students to support learning, this practice is a proven way to provide a space where students and teachers can stay focused on the purpose of their time together.  Will students still have access to phones?  Yes, between classes and in emergencies, phones are still readily accessible.  What about smart watches?  It is recommended that they not be brought to school, but if a student does wear one and wants it at school - the expectation is that the watch is placed in his or her backpack during class time.  Will my child still have access to technology?  Yes, all classrooms have access to the technology needed to engage in learning.  We believe in the power of focus and connections in the classroom, this structure will help us all stay accountable to the desired learning outcomes of each learning environment.    

Also on the horizon is a new bell schedule for CHS.  Why is CHS looking at a new schedule?  A new bell schedule that increases course choice flexibility allows all students to better find the path that encourages motivation, curiosity, and success. Students would be able to choose a new challenge (advanced class) or, if need be, even have an opportunity to successfully recover from failure. Currently students are required to successfully complete 23 year-long classes to graduate from CHS.  During a 4-year career at CHS, most students only have the opportunity to take 24 year-long classes.   Under the current structure if a student wants to finish all the required courses for a 4 year college there is very little opportunity to choose classes that are not on that required list.  By offering more course opportunities, students can finish all courses required AND choose courses of interest.  What would this look like?  Likely it means that in the future students will be able to choose 7 or 8 classes a year (instead of 6).  When will this happen?  The change could occur as early as the fall of 2020 or could happen in the fall of 2021.  CHS is in the early stages of exploring this change and we will engage many stakeholders to make the change that will best prepare our students for the future.  Our job is to prepare students to have a successful and happy life after high school, and we want students to be able to choose the path that will best prepare them for the next chapter.  The needs of career options and what strengths companies are looking for are changing and we want our learning environment to have the flexibility to prepare our students for that quickly changing environment.  


Shane Schmeichel, Catherine Burling and Tim Hopper 

Coronado High School Walk-in Registration Dates: (Click Here for more information about registration)

New Students:
  • August 1-21, 8:00-3:00pm
Returning Students:
  • Last Name A-K:  August 12, 8:00-11:30am
  • Last Name L-Z:  August 13, 8:00-11:30am
  • Make-up Day:  August 16, 8:00-11:30am
You may also reference important dates on the CHS Calendar:  https://chs.coronadousd.net/calendar/list/

 Communication Options

Click Here to download the communication plan including how you will hear from CUSD ("The District")

Click Here for the Welcome letter from CUSD Child Nutrition

Click Here for the Meal Charge Policy